I'm 40, and I was once 32 and trying to quit. I think the most powerful advice is that the MORE attempts we, make, the more likely our chance at success. The biggest obstacle to our quit success is the idea that we 'can't' do it - that things can't be different.
Thank u. I do think i cant do it because when im upset or stressed this is wjat i do
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I use the patch and gum and over 2 weeks smoke free. I find that it helps tremendously to come to this site and vent about whatever is making me want to smoke. You can do this!
Great advice tscat! And welcome to EX both you and Momofkali !
I'm tagging Youngatheart.7.4.12 so she can give you a great welcoming message. Hope to see you both around!
Welcome and it was SUGGESTED for ME to educate MYSELF - to read and answer all the info this RECOVERY from NICOTINE asks so they can HELP get you educated and then to watch the videos at whyquit.com on early deaths from NICOTINE- CONGRATS AND WAY TO GO!
What are you doing to start a quit?
How much are you smoking a day?
Are you using nicotine replacement?
Welcome to EX. First of all, read everything you can about this addiction and recognize that it IS an addiction, a serious addiction. Education is the first tool in getting started. Stay close to this site and read as many blogs as you can...you cannot read too many and one just might jump out at you and touch you in a way you were not expecting. I used the mantra NOPE when I started, that's Not One Puff Ever and I cannot possibly count the number of times I had to say it. I smoked for 47 years and had many failed attempts to quit because I did not have the support from this site and, quite frankly, I had not made the necessary commitment to my quit. The one that says, I will not smoke NO MATTER WHAT. Trust me, you do not want to get COPD.
Hi and Welcome Tammy...I commend you wanting to quit smoking at a young age...it is so good ... I commend you because the earlier you quit, the more you may avoid the bad effects on your body. I found that quitting takes a few things...first, Choosing everyday not to smoke, second knowledge, to read everything you can about quitting especially the blogs here, next, read and set your quit date at My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX ...then you plan for that quit date like no other...Lastly, keep close to the support site where you can give help and get help from others...we are all in this journey together...and we will help you...now get working...~ Colleen 171 DOF
Welcome to our community Momofkali andtscat !
Thanks for the shout out TomW5.15.17 !
The important thing you can do right now is to educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind. To that end, I highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This is an easy and entertaining read. You can search for it online or at your local library. If you do nothing else to get ready for your quit, please do give this a read.
You should also read the posts here and perhaps go to the pages of folks who you think might be helpful. You might visit whyquit.com, quitsmoking.com and livewell.com for the good information contained there. @https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/groups/best-of-ex has lots of blogs written by members of this site with their experiences and guidance. Here is a video to inform you further about nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be.
After you have completed the recommended reading, it will be time to make an informed choice of the quit aid, if any, you will use. If you go that route, I personally recommend the aids that don't let the addict control the dose such as the available prescription drugs or the patch. If used properly, gum, lozenges and inhalers are fine, but they need to be used only as a last resort after you have tried to delay and distract. I have seen folks become addicted to them if they substitute them for every cigarette they used to smoke - just trading one addiction for another. You need to start out with a plan to reduce use of them over time - which the patch does by decreasing the dose contained in them.. For the gum, you can start by cutting each piece in half, then in quarters, then sub regular gum of the same flavor in between, adding more and more regular gum. For the lozenge, you need to start subbing a mint in between to begin, increasing the number of them over time. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for four reasons: 1) the vapor has been compared to the polluted air in Bejing on a bad day, 2) they just provide another nicotine delivery system while continuing the hand to mouth smoking motion, 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire and 4) you can become addicted to that and it has not yet been proven safe .
It will be informative if you do the tracking and separation exercises recommended here on the site. As you track each cigarette smoked, note its importance, and what you might do instead. Put each one off just a little to prove that you don't NEED a cigarette just because you think you do.
The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand in a place different from when you smoked. Maybe switch to tea for a bit. If you always had that first smoke with your coffee, try putting your tennies on right out of bed, going for a quick walk, then taking your shower and THEN your coffee! Rearrange the furniture in the areas you used to smoke so the view is different. Buy your gas at a different station. Take a different route to work. Take a quick walk at break time where the smokers AREN'T. You need to distract yourself through any craves. You can take a bite out of a lemon (yup - rind and all), put your head in the freezer and take a deep breath of cold air, do a few jumping jacks, go for a brisk walk or march in place, play a computer game. Keep a cold bottle of water with you from which to sip. Don't let that smoking thought rattle around in your brain unchallenged. Sometimes you need to quit a minute or an hour at a time. You will need to be disciplined in the early days to distract yourself when a crave hits. Get busy! Here is a link to a list of things to do instead of smoke if you need some fresh ideas: https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/Youngatheart.7.4.12-blog/2013/02/25/100-things-to-do-instead-of-smokeThe conversation in your head in response to the "I want a cigarette" thought needs to be, "Well, since I have decided not to do that anymore, what shall I do instead for the three minutes this crave will last?" Then DO it. You will need to put some effort into this in the early days, but it gets easier and easier to do.
Stay close to us here and ask questions when you have them and for support when you need it. We will be with you every step of the way!
I am 10 days into my quit and I am using Chantix. It has been a HUGE help for me. I actually went to an Allen Carr seminar in February. At the time I think I assumed it would be my “magic wand” and, Poof, I would be instantly cured of any desire to ever smoke again. That isn’t exactly how it went for me... But now, with the help of Chantix helping to curb my physical withdrawals, I am beginning to take what I learned at the seminar and start implementing it for now and further down the road when I am done taking the meds. I surely don’t have the number of days under my belt that others here do - just wanted to share what has been helping me do something I truly wondered if I could do again: go ten days without smoking. And not even once curling into the fetal position and crying like a baby during these 10 days Best wishes to you!
How wonderful! 10 days is where I knew I had quit for good. Something about that milestone
You've come to the right place. We're all quitters too, some newer than others, but every one of us has had at least one day one and I would bet that every one of us relapsed due to that one puff.
I'm going to offer what I have and others may offer the same, but this is what worked for me:
I hope to get to know you better. Welcome and please post often. Scream and holler, praise yourself, give yourself some much needed credit, and know we all dare.
I think the key point here is findout what makes u to smoke after you quit, my case was one of my friend leaving country and we were throwing a party..he is a smoker so I execused myself to take a sign with him, but immediately after a couple of puffs I realized it's not what I want.
So if u think that you cant avoid such situations u slipped thats ok since then my will power doubled it's been 7 days it over for me I didnt get any arge
I hope you will do some of the reading I recommend - and hang around with us and pay attention to the hints and advice from those who have been successful. There is lots to learn here - and the more you understand about this addiction, the better your chances of beating it.
I'm glad you are here!
Welcome and remember the mantra, NOPE, Not One Puff Ever, it really helps.
Smoking doesn't fix anything. It just makes everything worse. All of us ended up getting brainwashed by the addiction. You need to figure out why you relapsed and what you will do differently next time.
Welcome Tammy, stay near this site and get active on it. Thats the first best advice I have. Second would be to to read Alan Carrs book. Its a fast read and it was my turning point.
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